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The South Island's Thermal Playground - Hanmer Springs

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A June 2008 trip to Canterbury by svearvaldyr

Captain Mikes Takeaway Photo, Canterbury, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Nestled way up in the hills of Canterbury, Hanmer Springs is very popular with New Zealanders and tourists alike, and it's not hard to see why.

Hanmer Bakery

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Restaurant | "Excellent Little Bakery in Hanmer Springs..."

Hanmer Springs bakery interior Photo, New Zealand, South Pacific
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Hanmer Bakery is just outside of the middle of town, out the northern end. It's on your left as you head north up Conical Hill Road, in a little alcove with a big yellow sign above the door. It's not easy to spot, but is well worth stopping by to sample their cakey stuff. It's a simple little place, beautifully decorated so that it looks very professional in appearance, with just a couple of glass fronted cabinets and a big professional espresso coffee machine. The staff greet you with a smile and are happy to recommend something if you can't make up your mind. We had ourselves a latte, a cappuccino and a banoffee tart. Now, I am something of a connoisseur of the banoffee...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 27, 2009

Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve

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Attraction | "Relax and Unwind in Nature's Hot Tubs..."

Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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This is the reason that Hanmer Springs - as a destination - really came to be. There are other attractions, with white water rafting, speedboating, skydiving, the inevitable bungy jumping and various other options all available. And of course there's lots to do in the ski season. But the Springs are there all year round and they serve as a perfect complement to all this other stuff, as well as a standalone attraction that makes the little town well worth a visit. They're very easy to find, right in the middle of town in a big glass fronted cabin. When you go in, there's an excellent gift shop, with a range of New Zealand products on offer including an array of hot springs merchandise ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2009

Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve
Hanmer Springs
Christchurch, New Zealand
800 442 663

Conical Hill Lookout

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Attraction | "Looking out over Hanmer Basin ..."

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There's a variety of walks available around Hanmer Springs, and you can pick up a very straightforward map of the immediate area with all these walks clearly marked (including estimated walking times) from whichever accommodation option you choose. All of the walks are free and you don't need any special equipment to take them. A decent pair of walking shoes and a water bottle, some waterproofs and a water bottle are all you should need. Conical Hill runs up from the north edge of the town. Take the main Hanmer Springs Road up through the centre of town, up Conical Hill Road up to the top of the hill and, just after the turnoff to Oregon Heights you find a sign taking you up into the w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 27, 2009

Conical Hill Lookout

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Attraction | "Looking Out Over Hanmer Basin ..."

Quote:
There's a variety of walks available around Hanmer Springs, and you can pick up a very straightforward map of the immediate area with all these walks clearly marked (including estimated walking times) from whichever accommodation option you choose. All of the walks are free and you don't need any special equipment to take them. A decent pair of walking shoes and a water bottle, some waterproofs and a water bottle are all you should need. Conical Hill runs up from the north edge of the town. Take the main Hanmer Springs Road up through the centre of town, up Conical Hill Road up to the top of the hill and, just after the turnoff to Oregon Heights you find a sign taking you up into the w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 27, 2009

Captain Mike's Takeaway

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Restaurant | "A Bit of English Chippy with Great Staff..."

Captain Mike's Takeaway Photo, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Mike and his wife are something of a local institution. When we visited their little chip shop off the high street, the walls were festooned with writing and decorations to keep you occupied while you wait for your food. The menu itself is very simple, with a few rather interesting options thrown in. With British roots, they've tried to bring a bit of the British chippy to New Zealand. New Zealand chip shops have an identity all of their own - which I must admit is usually of a higher quality than their British counterparts - but they've managed to blend the two rather nicely here. There's all the usual options, plus other little offerings, like salt and vinegar, battered sausages and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2009

Captain Mike's Takeaway


Le Gite

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Hotel | "Great Little Slice of European Charm"

Kitchen at Le Gite Photo, New Zealand, South Pacific
Quote:
Le Gite is a small, beautifully maintained little hostel on Devon Street in the backstreets of Hanmer Springs. You get there by turning left off the main street down Argelins Road and then turning onto Devon road to the left just before you reach Jack's Pass road. Hanmer itself is a great place to visit. It's a village, so don't expect bright lights and all night entertainment, but it's peaceful, it's clean, it's full of friendly New Zealanders and is surrounded by truly spectacular scenery. All the shops and attractions can be found or booked on the main street - along with the famous Hot Springs themselves - but Le Gite lies on Devon Street, which is about a fifteen minute walk or a two minute d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 27, 2009

Hanmer Springs

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Attraction | "Small Town Charm in the Canterbury Hills"

Hanmer Springs Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Hanmer Springs is one of New Zealand's top holiday destinations, particularly for resident New Zealanders. Every holiday season people flock to this secluded little village to sample the nearby thrill rides and - more imprtantly - the revitalising hot springs. The route to get there bears a mention. The drive is very beautiful, particularly if you come from the north. If you do this, however, do make sure you have plenty of fuel in your vehicle for the trip as there's a whole lot of nothing between Kaikoura and Hanmer, with steep, windy roads that really eat through your petrol or diesel at an alarming rate. Be warned though - Kaikoura is just about the most expensive place in New Zea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2009

Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs
Canterbury, New Zealand 8273
+64 (0)3 315 7128 (H

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